Remember the man who long ago — and by “long ago,” I mean “five weeks ago,” because … 2020 — captivated an entire nation?
This man, an icon for our time, wouldn’t tell a reporter his name because he didn’t want his wife to know he owned a boat.
OK, so maybe “icon” is too strong a word, and “captivated an entire nation” may be better said as “amused everyone who read the story,” but it did lead to a question from Suzi the other day …
… What happened to that guy?
It would be interesting enough to find out, anyway, but the story takes on a whole other layer in light of recent events.
Assuming they’re both healthy and responsible (which I hope they are) and not essential employees of wherever they work, our hero is now spending all day, every day, at home with his wife.
What are the chances he hasn’t slipped up and said “I wish I could go out to my boat”?
Unless, of course, she found out about the boat and told him, “If you like that #$*!ing boat so much, why don’t you social-distance your @#$ there!”
BEFORE WE GET GOING …
From my school, where I grew up. (You may have to log in on Facebook to see it.)
And my college.
STUFF I WROTE THIS WEEK
Tales from a world gone weird — My jacket (briefly) helped me make a new friend.
What will the path look like? — It seems early to talk about what the world will look like post-coronavirus, but some folks took a shot at it.
Treasures in the basement — Sometimes, you realize mementos from your youth have a story of their own.
THIS WEEK’S BLAST FROM THE PAST
Not crazy about ‘classic’ — I’m sorry, but “Groundhog Day” isn’t old enough to be a “classic” movie.
STUFF I READ THIS WEEK
Much Like A Stopped Clock, He Was Right Occasionally. Although Not As Often As A Stopped Clock … (James Proclaims) — Even the dumbest among us get one right once in a while.
25 lessons in 25 years (Sunshine With Savannah) — Wait until she gets old enough to need a lot more lessons to write about! Seriously, this is good stuff.
On Timing (Tales in Lostness) — Do you believe in perfect timing?
Mystery Blogger Award (Palm Trees and Loyalties) — Learn more about another one of my nominees.
Working From Home While Living With Your Parents (Strikeouts + Sprinkles) — It requires a certain amount of finesse.
6 Things I Have Improved On Since Social Distancing (Rosie Culture) — Might as well put all that extra time to good use.
Ships and Giggles (Jacob Nukolls) — “When the earth finally implodes, you’ll have astronauts rushing to Instagram like, ‘Now is my time.’”
You know what this is about (Quirky, Confused & Curvy) — You sure do.
Boundary free mindset (Smelly Socks and Garden Peas) — As I like to say about a friend of mine, sometimes you take different roads to get to the same place.
Paul Tries: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (The Captain’s Speech) — Paul’s one of those bloggers who can seemingly take anything and write something interesting about it — even if I told him I think his take is lunacy.
Sunshine Does Not Negate Social Distancing! (The Return of the Modern Philosopher) — Please use the entire path.
TWEETS I LIKED
Suzi and I did a fan-fiction bit on this that’s probably far more interesting than the actual phone call was.
Worst greatest thing you’ve ever seen, greatest worst thing or pure awesomeness? Discuss.
A source close to me says she and I might have another collaboration coming out soon.
If you don’t … who are you?
First Times Square … now the Royal Mile … unbelievable.
Personally, I’m just happy when all the socks match.
VIDEO PROOF THAT, IN CASE YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW, JENNIFER NETTLES IS BASICALLY PERFECT